Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 February, 2010, 12:00am

S for style

A contender for the most stylish new Windows 7- based laptop computer, Samsung Electronics' R580 notebook (below) features a strikingly crafted colour-gradation scheme with a crystal S-pattern design. Better still, its durable casing is engineered to withstand bumps and knocks, and be resistant to scratches. Powered by Intel's 2.13-gigahertz Core i3 chip and Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, the notebook has a power-efficient, high-definition, 15.6-inch, light-emitting diode display in a movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio. The R580 laptop sells for HK$8,980.

Walk the talk

Sony's latest Walkman, the NWZ-A840 (top right), may surprise audiophiles with its sophistication. The 7.2mm-thick player, the slimmest Walkman to date, has a digital noise-cancelling function that Sony claims can reduce ambient noise by up to 98 per cent. This is enhanced by the digital noise-cancelling in-ear 13.5mm EX headphones bundled with the device. The S-Master digital amplifier function helps users minimise distortion, reproducing audio quality on a par with that in a professional studio or at a live concert. The player has a 2.8-inch LED display and content transfer software to move media files directly from the latest Apple iTunes program. The Walkman NWZ-A840 is priced at HK$2,380 (for the 32-gigabyte model) and HK$1,980 (for 16GB).

Full charge

The Home & Office Mat wireless charger (below), made by United States-based PowerMat, allows users to charge multiple devices simultaneously. It pairs an ultra-thin mat with sleek receivers that attach to the devices being charged. Energy is transferred quickly and efficiently via a shared magnetic field. An auto-termination feature stops charging a device when it is fully powered. The Home & Office Mat costs HK$998 while receivers for devices such as the iPhone, the iPod Touch, the Nintendo DS and various BlackBerry models cost HK$298 each.